Crypto Museum

cryptomuseumThere’s a place on earth – you maybe don’t know yet. It’s called the “Crypto Museum” and this is a reminder about the existence of this great institution.

At present the Crypto Museum is a virtual museum in The Netherlands, that can only be visited on the internet. They do, however, regularly organize exhibitions in co-operation with other museums.

Examples of such exhibitions are Secret Messages, held in Museum Jan Corver in the Netherlands between October 2008 and February 2009, the Enigma Reunion 2009 at Bletchley Park, Super TU/esday in February 2010 at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Tijdrekken in 2010 and 2011, and currently a mini-exhibition at Radboud University.

The main purpose of the Crypto Museum is to preserve history. This is done by collecting, restoring and describing historical cipher machines such as the well-known Enigma machine, spy equipment and the likes. For a detailed explanation of why they do this, please read their Mission Statement.

Some of the items described on the website are part of the collection of the Crypto Museum, and some have only crossed their path at one moment or another. Whenever possible, they will describe the equipment to the best of their abilities.

Crypto Museum is an initiative of Paul Reuvers and Marc Simons who are also the creators of the self-build Electronic version of the Enigma machine: Enigma-E.

These good guys also have gathered information about cipher machines, spy radio sets, covert equipment (direction finders, covert radios, cameras, recorders, etc.) and burst encoders.

They are always interested in acquiring new equipment in order to extend the collection. If you have anything to offer, please contact them.

Please visit the Website of the Crypto Museum
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Additional Information
Crypto Museum is a non-subsidised privately-owned virtual museum. The curators work very hard to bring an interesting and diverse collection together, to describe the various items in great detail, and to share this information with the rest of the world. If you like the information presented there as much as I do – make a donation!

Secret Communications 16, 23 and 30 November 2013
In November 2013, Crypto Museum will be organizing a special exhibition focussing on Secret Communication. Many items will be on public display for the first time. For this event, Crypto Museum has teamed up with the Foundation for German Technology in Duivendrecht (Netherlands). The event will be open to the general public on three successive Saturdays.

Text and Picture taken from Crypto Museum.
13.09.2013, JD


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